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fasttimes 04-09-2009 08:42 AM

Front license plate mounting bracket.
 
Since my car was originally delivered in Florida, the dealer never installed a front license plate bracket. I think I read somewhere that the brackets are supposed to be shipped with the car for installation by the dealer.

Does anyone from a 1-plate state have a bracket for a 2008 335i? If not, what about a discount online parts supplier?

ProfessorCook 04-09-2009 09:06 AM

Stop by a BMW dealer. I bet they'll just give you one.

BrianSF 04-09-2009 09:18 AM

If you don't want holes drilled into your bumper try one of these:

http://www.rhoplate.com/index.html

http://gominigo.com/NHLPB-BMW.html

Many of us in "two plate" states do not have front plates.

soledoc 04-09-2009 09:25 AM

I just picked up these for my wife's volvo since the MD dealer drilled holes in the front bumper and IN doesn't require them.

www.bumperplugs.com

BrianSF 04-09-2009 09:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by soledoc (Post 4076692)
I just picked up these for my wife's volvo since the MD dealer drilled holes in the front bumper and IN doesn't require them.

www.bumperplugs.com

The OP is in a situation where he has a virgin bumper and is going to install a front plate. If he does that, then later decides to remove the plate and bracket, bumper plugs would be one appropriate fix.

I was trying to give him some alternatives to drilling holes in the first place should he want to or need to install a front plate.

fasttimes 04-09-2009 09:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ProfessorCook (Post 4076631)
Stop by a BMW dealer. I bet they'll just give you one.

:rofl:

Not in these economic times, nor times of plenty. There is a reason why dealership owners buy yachts!

ProfessorCook 04-09-2009 10:21 AM

Yeah... prolly not, I guess. Probably depends on the dealer.

To the OP. I bet with just a bit of ingenuity, you can figure out a way to mount that front bracket using double sided tape and no screws.

I took my bracket off to detail my car (yeah, yeah... I know) and the dealer cranked down too hard on the screws. The bumper beneath the bracket is distorted quite a bit a good distance away from the screw holes. Even with bumper plugs, it wouldn't look right if I ever wanted to get rid of the front plate.

Paradigm 04-09-2009 01:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fasttimes (Post 4076548)
Since my car was originally delivered in Florida, the dealer never installed a front license plate bracket. I think I read somewhere that the brackets are supposed to be shipped with the car for installation by the dealer.

Does anyone from a 1-plate state have a bracket for a 2008 335i? If not, what about a discount online parts supplier?

I posted a thread about this...double sided tape worked for me (for a police inspection). The plate has been on for over half a week with no signs of falling off. No drilling/holes in your bumper.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=358279

RichmannMotorSport.com 04-09-2009 02:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Paradigm (Post 4077559)
I posted a thread about this...double sided tape worked for me (for a police inspection). The plate has been on for over half a week with no signs of falling off. No drilling/holes in your bumper.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=358279

that's a great idea.

fasttimes 04-12-2009 12:18 PM

Just an update.

Good News: I was able to pick up a bracket from the BWM dealer for a grand total of $16

Bad News: They charged me $9 for screws! Well, at least they will all be matching when the plates go on.

cbattle 04-12-2009 11:16 PM

Another option for front plate bracket with hidden holes:

http://www.skenedesign.com/FPBracket/index.htm

Team_Ram-Rod 04-13-2009 08:00 PM

JUst bought a front license plate bracket in Illinois. $23 plus 2.22 for screws and tax.

I will take it over a $100 ticket.

cwinter 07-10-2009 08:58 AM

On the options for installing the plate holder using the tow hook receptacle...has anybody experienced scratching?

The two to three websites I looked at in this thread all have screws sticking out of the back and while the plate is a half and inch or so away from the bumper, vibrations and the push in the plate from the wind seem like they would eventually cause the screws to touch the bumper and scratch. Any experience reports are appreciated. There was at least one solution that includes rubber feet on the back to prevent this.

I want to get a mount like this for future road trips since I got a warning on my most recent road trip for no displaying a front plate. :angel:

djfitter 07-10-2009 09:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cwinter (Post 4337050)
On the options for installing the plate holder using the tow hook receptacle...has anybody experienced scratching?

The two to three websites I looked at in this thread all have screws sticking out of the back and while the plate is a half and inch or so away from the bumper, vibrations and the push in the plate from the wind seem like they would eventually cause the screws to touch the bumper and scratch. Any experience reports are appreciated. There was at least one solution that includes rubber feet on the back to prevent this.

I want to get a mount like this for future road trips since I got a warning on my most recent road trip for no displaying a front plate. :angel:

The brackets and plate On the Gominigo are stainless steel and will not flex/bend in the wind. :thumbup: They do say something about car wash brushes though. Which shouldn't be an issue since we don't use car washes, do we? :D

dj

cwinter 07-10-2009 09:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by djfitter (Post 4337079)
The brackets and plate are stainless steel and will not flex/bend in the wind. :thumbup:

dj

Don't know about the bracket, but on one of the options I am pretty sure I read they are made from aluminum. :dunno:

Would you mind telling me which of the ones you are referencing with the stainless steel option? They all cost pretty much the same, so I want to make sure I buy a good'n. :)

djfitter 07-10-2009 09:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cwinter (Post 4337086)
Don't know about the bracket, but on one of the options I am pretty sure I read they are made from aluminum. :dunno:

Would you mind telling me which of the ones you are referencing with the stainless steel option? They all cost pretty much the same, so I want to make sure I buy a good'n. :)

I edited after you posted. I have the Gomimigo. :thumbup:

This 'NO HOLES" License Plate Bracket (LPB) does not require you to drill into your front bumper. Instead, it utilizes a custom machined stud that screws into the towhook receptacle. All parts are made from Stainless Steel to ensure no rust. The mounting hardware utilizes nylock nuts or lock washers which will not loosen from vibration. The plate attachment screws are button head socket cap screws for a nice clean look.

dj

cwinter 07-10-2009 09:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by djfitter (Post 4337153)
I edited after you posted. I have the Gomimigo. :thumbup:

This 'NO HOLES" License Plate Bracket (LPB) does not require you to drill into your front bumper. Instead, it utilizes a custom machined stud that screws into the towhook receptacle. All parts are made from Stainless Steel to ensure no rust. The mounting hardware utilizes nylock nuts or lock washers which will not loosen from vibration. The plate attachment screws are button head socket cap screws for a nice clean look.

dj

Sweet! Thanks for your help.

BMW_GAL 07-10-2009 09:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by djfitter (Post 4337153)
I edited after you posted. I have the Gomimigo. :thumbup:

This 'NO HOLES" License Plate Bracket (LPB) does not require you to drill into your front bumper. Instead, it utilizes a custom machined stud that screws into the towhook receptacle. All parts are made from Stainless Steel to ensure no rust. The mounting hardware utilizes nylock nuts or lock washers which will not loosen from vibration. The plate attachment screws are button head socket cap screws for a nice clean look.

dj

Very cool :)

darkins 05-05-2011 04:39 PM

this is a great find
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by cbattle (Post 4086794)
Another option for front plate bracket with hidden holes:

http://www.skenedesign.com/FPBracket/index.htm

thanks!

There are no holes in my front bumper, I'm really struggling with what to do - this might work.

D.

rdkind62 05-05-2011 08:06 PM

My license plate holder is still in my trunk where my dealer left it 3 years ago. When I didn't put it on I was a bit concerned that I might get a ticket, but I have never been stopped or asked why it is not installed so I left it off. I think it looks much better with no plate anyway.

BMWFTW91 05-05-2011 08:14 PM

A two years old thread is revived.

rdkind62 05-06-2011 09:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BMWFTW91 (Post 6047221)
A two years old thread is revived.

Well, there are always complaints that people start threads without having searched for similar ones so I guess the OP did his/her homework first.

rapidag 02-12-2012 02:37 PM

After getting a fix-it ticket in Lake Tahoe... CA side CA CHP. I mounted the Skene Design bracket. It went on in 10 min, looks good, well as good as it can look... I may remove it after I get the fix it ticket signed off. Really a good kit, all hardware and good instructions. $56 shipped to my door.

http://www.skenedesign.com/FPBracket/index.htm


Now, where can I find a cop to get this signed off? Starbucks? Just don't find them in the doughnut shops any more...

CALWATERBOY 02-12-2012 04:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fasttimes (Post 4076548)
Since my car was originally delivered in Florida, the dealer never installed a front license plate bracket. I think I read somewhere that the brackets are supposed to be shipped with the car for installation by the dealer.

Does anyone from a 1-plate state have a bracket for a 2008 335i? If not, what about a discount online parts supplier?

This is what I have.

Trivial to install, holding up well. Like the look! No problem w/license plate readers paying tolls.
.

wodanbrlam 02-12-2012 05:53 PM

Just bought a front license plate bracket in Illinois. $23 plus 2.22 for screws and tax.
http://www.canadablackberry.com/imgs/images/2.tod.gif


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